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According to the publication Politico, Americans for Prosperity, a conservative political action group tied to multibillionaires David and Charles Koch, wil put $145,000 into ads on San Diego area cable TV stations in an attempt to weaken freshmen Congressman Scott Peters, a Democrat. The commercials, according to a Republican source, will air until March 2.

"Americans for Prosperity, which has been linked to the billionaire Koch brothers, has rapidly emerged as the dominant Republican outside group in the 2014 midterm election," says Poltico.

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dorod Feb. 7, 2014 @ 1:43 p.m.

The Koch brothers are doing this in every part of the country right now and it's only going to get worse!!

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Don Bauder Feb. 7, 2014 @ 1:46 p.m.

dorod: Yes, the Supreme Court's Citizens United decision -- one of the worst in history -- opened the door to Koch money flowing into elections all over the country through groups with various honorable-sounding names. Best, Don Bauder

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Burwell Feb. 7, 2014 @ 3:35 p.m.

Scott Peters is lucky his wife Lynn Gorguze is worth $44 million, maybe more now that her father died. Peters won't have to worry about losing his health insurance if DeMaio boots him out of office. The amount of money the Koch brothers are spending on behalf of DeMaio is paltry. Perhaps the brothers don't think he has much of a chance.

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Don Bauder Feb. 7, 2014 @ 4:47 p.m.

Burwell: Are we certain that it will be DeMaio facing Peters? Everybody talks about it, but will there be a primary or some other test of whether DeMaio is a viable Republican candidate? Manchester's blessing doesn't automatically make him the candidate. Or does it? Best, Don Bauder

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Anon92107 Feb. 9, 2014 @ 12:49 p.m.

The Koch brothers control basically all the republicans in the House along with many in red states through their $Billion Power of Money, and now they want to control local politics the same way.

This is a lesson in history we keep forgetting clear back to Ancient Greece where they overthrew the first democracies and were called tyrants/oligarchs.

Wake-up America, the Koch brothers and others like them are the new tyrants who want to overthrow and control American Democracy.

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Don Bauder Feb. 9, 2014 @ 7:01 p.m.

Anon92107: Don't forget that the Supreme Court's ghastly Citizens United decision opened the door to this kind of plutocratic control. Best, Don Bauder

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Duhbya Feb. 9, 2014 @ 7:56 p.m.

A decision that hurled us onto the road to ruin, a.k.a. oligarchy. Supreme, indeed.

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Don Bauder Feb. 9, 2014 @ 8:13 p.m.

Duhbya: I have written before about a plutonomy -- an economy based on consumption by the wealthy. A rising tide lifts all yachts. A plutonomy, in turn relies on a plutocratic form of government, or government by and for the rich. Are we getting to both plutonomy and plutocracy, or are we already there? Best, Don Bauder

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Duhbya Feb. 10, 2014 @ 7:11 a.m.

I think we're definitely there. The 1% are calling the shots, while the rest of us are left fighting for the scraps. You've heard the term "RINO". I propose the USA is now a "DINO", i.e., Democracy In Name Only.

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Don Bauder Feb. 10, 2014 @ 10:45 a.m.

Duhbya: What really bothers me is that the Koch Brothers and others of the Tea Party persuasion are destroying the middle class -- thus, destroying their own markets. A higher minimum wage would be a good thing for American business. Retailers, restaurants and others would find they had more customers with money in their pockets. Even business executives who are moderate in their views fight every attempt to boost the middle class, their core customers.

Some of the superrich such as Warren Buffett and Bill Gross understand this. But they are too busy making money to become leaders who will try to convince business that it is killing capitalism. Business executives are not stupid. But they cannot see that they are fouling their own nests. Best, Don Bauder

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